‘Stray’ Author Stephanie Danler Has Some Book Recs for You

The Silver Lake Resident, whose memoir is out today, picks three faves

Stephanie Danler, author of the new memoir Stray (out May 5) and a Silver Lake resident, names the books that she’s turning to right now. 


The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith

“Forget the movie. I just got into Highsmith, and she couldn’t have come at a better time,” Danler says. “This book was so masterful and stylish, so dark and escapist—think summer on the Mediterranean—and it kept me up into the night. Best of all, there’s more—an entire series devoted to this charismatic sociopath.”

City of Quartz
Mike Davis

“Angelenos, now is the time to lean into Mike Davis’s apocalyptic, passionate, radical rants on the sprawling, gorgeous mess that is Los Angeles,” she says.

King Baby
Kate Beaton

“It’s one of those children’s books that are equally fun for kids and the adult reading,” says Danler, who has a 15-month-old son. “It’s about how King Baby rules and tyrannizes his useless subjects (his parents). That is until Queen Baby comes along.”


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